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TT 69: Leon Fleisher, Harmony, more Quarantine Projects

Coming up: A concert for paid subscribers of Transitional Technology. I’ll be taking requests in real time. I’ll confirm details on Monday; this will be the first time I am sending out a Substack letter to paid subscribers only.

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RIP concert pianist Leon Fleisher. I wrote about his classic performances of Grieg and Schumann with George Szell.

There’s been some “theory wars” about classical music on Twitter, and I couldn’t help but use the discourse to once again make the case for jazz.

I also have signal-boosted some friends and associates doing good works on DTM, here’s a copy/paste. Tune in to the Turnpike in 120 minutes…

Tonight at 8 PM (EST) I’m going to check out Malaby / Hébert / Mintz: The Under Turnpike Trio at Arts for Art. Tony Malaby’s blurb is inspiring:

In 2016, Billy Mintz, Hill Greene, and I were supposed to play one of AFA’s InGardens sets but were cancelled because of noise complaints. On our way home to New Jersey, Billy and I played two long and fulfilling sets under the turnpike. When the pandemic started we talked about meeting there and hitting as soon as things calmed down a bit. One afternoon, John Hébert called with that desperation to hit and play music so we organized the first Under the Turnpike session and have met there since. The noise of traffic from the turnpike above and skateboarders’ crashing boards has become part of our sound. I’m so happy to have this place close by and share it with two of my oldest friends. – Tony Malaby


As any serious DTM reader knows, Scott Wollschleger is one of my favorite “new” composers, and I’m very happy that Steve Smith featured Scott and pianist Karl Larson for the post “Double Vision” at Night After Night. The substantial interview is a goldmine, and of course the music (which sees YouTube release thanks to quarantine conditions) is wonderful.


Matthew Guerrieri has been meditating on Bach (among other things), joking, “I have been doing my part to uphold the classical-music hegemony by practicing Johann Sebastian Bach under lockdown—practically a cliché at this point, but when has that ever stopped me before?” The whole post is delightful.


My quarantine “Carolina Shout” is up on YouTube, I’m pretty pleased with it. Among the props is a David Nyvall sculpture on loan from Daniel Pinkwater. If you dig, don’t be afraid to like and comment “for the algorithm.”


Oh, and “All the Things You Are” anagrams as “Reheating a Holy Lust.” (Just thought you should know that.)

TT 78: Noir City, Jazz Gallery Lockdown session

Rio Sakairi is doing the Lord’s work at the Jazz Gallery, keeping her community together during pandemic times. I was honored to be asked to participate in the Lockdown Sessions this coming Saturday night, details here. (Arta Jekabsone, Rafiq Bhatia, and Jason Palmer make up the rest of the quartet.)

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The latest issue of Noir City is out, which includes my appreciation of the Johnny Mandel scores for Harper and Point Blank.

There’s actually quite a lot of music-related material in this issue: David Mamet talks the motivic appeal of Glenn Gould and Bach during his interview with Eddie Muller, Brian Light looks at Odds Against Tomorrow with a famous score by John Lewis (Paul Motian told me that was some of his favorite music), Martyn Waites makes a case for The Small World of Sammy Lee starring Anthony Newley, better known as the lyricist of “Goldfinger,” and there’s even a redemptive reading of Sinatra’s Tony Rome by Christopher Chambers.

In what is a rather bizarre crossover in my own life, Vince Keenan reviews Wendy Lesser’s book Scandinavian Noir. Vince and Wendy are two of my editors and friends but have never met — maybe I’ll be able to arrange that at some point…

The whole issue is a knockout. (David Mamet and Walter Hill fans seriously need this one.) Subscribe at the Film Noir Foundation.

TT 77: Today at Smalls/The Sandbaggers

Today from 4:45 to 6:30, I’ll be playing with Ben Street and Nasheet Waits at Smalls, streamed on the FaceBook page. I’ve written several new compositions to go with a few older ones. Since Ben and Nasheet play at such a high level — there’s nobody better, in my opinion —these fresh pieces are reasonably “easy.” Ben and Nasheet will be free to inhabit the basic structures and exhibit their full personality from the first downbeat.

At the Bells and Motley
Praise Will Travel
You Will Never Be Mine
Hand In Hand
Hymn of the Old
I Confess
Technically Acceptable
Smalls

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Andrew Batson saw a tweet of mine praising THE SANDBAGGERS, watched the series, and wrote up an excellent review. (This is the way it’s supposed to work!) Excellent pandemic viewing…

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